The Truth About Recycling
5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
Yes, you recycle. But until you start reducing, you're still killing the planet
I talk a lot about reduction. Reducing the number of toys you have, the quantity of cleaning supplies you buy, even the amount of meat you eat. My constant focus on reduction over recycling, upcycling or disposing of waste responsibly is a deliberate one. Put simply, recycling isn't enough.
'The circular economy' describes human value systems which minimise waste by repurposing by-products and discards. The unwanted outputs of one value chain become the feedstock of another, or are fed back into the original system, creating loops. While the idea of the circular economy is not new, it has been moving rapidly towards the mainstream in the last few years.
New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food
Take Cerplus, for instance, which raised a small amount from friends and family investors late last year and got $20,000 from Y Combinator in exchange for securities if Cerplus has a financing round or sells for more than $100 million.
Kamikatsu, Japan's zero-waste village
Five years ago Kamikatsu, in south-western Japan, embarked on an ambitious environmental campaign that, if successful, could become a model for the rest of the country, and beyond. By 2020, the village's 2,000 residents aim to eliminate the use of landfills and incinerators, and instead recycle or reuse every single item of household waste.
Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste, Stanford researchers discover
September 29, 2015 An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade various types of plastic. By Rob Jordan Consider the plastic foam cup. Every year, Americans throw away 2.5 billion of them.
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie
Just Eat It - A 75-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films.
The Incredible 99% Percent of Sweden's Waste Is Recycled or Reused
Sweden's waste-to-energy program is going strong, as the country announces that now only 1 percent of their waste goes to landfills, while the remaining 99% are reused or recycled. About two years ago, all news feeds were flooded with the announcement that Sweden does not have enough waste on the country's territory to maintain their 32 incineration plants.
Innovative yarns: Orange Fiber
Siamo una startup che sviluppa filati innovativi e vitaminici dagli agrumi, realizzando un tessuto sostenibile e cosmetico che risponda all'esigenza di innovazione dei brand di moda.
Recycled Art: 66 Masterpieces Made From Junk
Ever shocked by the beauty of toilet paper rolls, or saw the chicken formed by the egg shells, or witnessed coolest lion made by tires? Heck, all of them are even made by common things you discarded every day, and they are known as recycled art. (Image Source:
Inspirational ideas: Turning waste into a resource - EIP-AGRI - European Commission
Inspirational ideas: Turning waste into a resource - EIP-AGRI
New, inexpensive way to clean water from oil sands production found
Researchers have developed a process to remove contaminants from oil sands wastewater using only sunlight and nanoparticles that is more effective and inexpensive than conventional treatment methods.
Global Reporting Initiative: Waste Generation
In the reuse category, all obsolete electronic equipment (e.g. computers, phones, network equipment) is declared surplus and sent to the Washington Department of Enterprise Services (DES) and subsequently auctioned as used products or recyclable material. Ecology's Lacey building (Headquarters and Southwest offices) shipped an estimated 3710 pounds of electronic equipment to DES as surplus products during FY 2011.
Dirty power: Sweden wants your garbage for energy
Every day, some 300 trucks arrive at a plant outside the city of Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. They carry garbage, but they are not there to dump the cargo. Instead, they deliver it to the plant's special ovens, which burn it, providing heat to thousands of local homes.
Urban innovation: Cities turn to technology for smarter resource management
Key takeaways: Consuming 75% of the world's resources, cities are looking to technology to transform urban consumption. Given that cities do not have direct control over all urban services, use of policy tools and collaboration with the private sector are vital. Technology will enable far greater participation of urban residents in managing consumption of resources.
Study Calculates Potential E-Waste Profitability At €2.15 Billion
Economic analysis conducted by a European research group has calculated the overall worth of bringing e-waste streams into the circular economy to be €2.15 billion in Europe. That figure could rise to €3.67 billion as the volume of electronic products increases.
Singapore's Innovative Waste-Disposal System
Power generation and recycling take care of 98% of the city-state's solid waste For squeaky-clean Singapore, even the local dump is an eco-park with lush green walking trails and migratory birds. That is because Singapore buries only a fraction of its trash.
A New Physics Theory of Life
Why does life exist? Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it.